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The Atlanta Hawks will go with a small lineup against the Brooklyn Nets for the first time this season as Larry Drew elects to give them a different look in the fourth and final regular season matchup.
The Atlanta Hawks will send out a starting lineup that consists of Devin Harris, DeShawn Stevenson at the guards along with Kyle Korver, Josh Smith and Al Horford up front. It will be the first time this season that Larry Drew has elected to go with the smaller lineup against the Nets this season.
For the strategy to work the Hawks will have to push the pace considerably and will have to have a team effort on the boards.
"For us, we have to be able to really get out in transition," Horford said. "I think they have struggled against us when we do that. We really, really have to push the tempo. It starts with Devin (Harris) and Jeff (Teague). If they are really going like that it puts us in a whole different light as a team, especially against them, for some reason. They have a bigger team and they struggle if we really get out and push the tempo of the game."
Devin Harris will get his second straight start at the point for the Hawks as Jeff Teague will once again come off the bench. Harris got off to quick start against the Suns scoring all 15 of his points in the first half. Teague struggled in his first game back from an ankle injury going just 2-10.
Drew on starting Harris 3rd straight: 'I’m not saying it’s going to be permanent but for right now we are going to stay with it.' #ATLHawks— Chris Vivlamore (@ajchawks) March 17, 2013
Teague was originally announced as a starter in Friday's win over the Suns but was a late scratch. Drew said that he could better limit Teague's minutes with him coming off the bench against the Suns.